Clifford Charles BURGE

BURGE, Clifford Charles

Service Number: 36
Enlisted: 19 February 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rushworth, Victoria, Australia, 27 April 1892
Home Town: Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Heathcote Primary School and Bendigo High School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Public servant, State Immigration Dept
Died: Killed In Action, Fouilloy, Picardie, France, 14 August 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Plot X, Row F, Grave No. 7
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World War 1 Service

19 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 36, Army Pay Corps (AIF), Melbourne, Vic.
25 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 36, Army Pay Corps (AIF), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Runic embarkation_ship_number: A54 public_note: ''
1 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Staff Sergeant, Army Pay Corps (AIF), Egypt
6 Aug 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant, Australian Army Service Corps, 1st Anzac Mounted Division, France
23 Nov 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, France
5 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, France
19 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre
1 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, Gassed. Evacuated to CCS. Rejoined unit 26 June 1918.
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens
14 Aug 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

A public servant prior to enlisting, Staff Sergeant 36 (later Lieutenant) Clifford Charles Burge, Army Pay Corps (later 24th Battalion), of Elsternwick, Victoria embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Runic (A54) on 25 February 1915.

On 14 August 1918, he was killed in action, by a shell in The Quarry, France, aged 26, while moving forward to the new front line with C Company.

The Unit Diary records that Lieut Burge "was one of the most promising and popular officers with the Battalion & a fine sportsman, a good soldier and comrade".

He is buried in the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France.

Prior to enlisting, Clifford Burge played 5 games with the Melbourne FC in the VFL in 1914.

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